VIVO Media Arts Centre Archive > Chambermaids to Whistle Punks 1900-1970

Chambermaids to Whistle Punks 
1900 – 1970


Chambermaids to Whistle Punks features media and ephemera produced or collected by The Women’s Labour History Project (WLHP) and intersecting initiatives, like Amelia Productions, related to women and labour activism. WLHP was a project-based organization created by Sara Diamond while a history student at Simon Fraser University. She initiated an oral history project recording the stories of women who had been active in trade unionism and activism in the province. Many were new immigrants or first generation settlers. They describe their early years, what led them to become involved with labour, feminist, anti-poverty and other related movements, and the details of the lives as working women.

The materials digitized for this project join previous initiatives to digitize the Sara Diamond fonds. Chambermaids and Whistle Punks focuses on the 1979 audio oral histories. later video oral histories [1980’s] and photographs and ephemera shared with Diamond by the interviewees. This recently digitized material, funded by the National Heritage Digitzation Project, Simon Fraser University Archives, and co-sponsored by Western Front,  join the WLHP video oral histories digitized under a previous B.C. History Digitization Grant through the Irving K. Barber Centre.


This project was realized as part of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy of Canada thanks to the generous support of a private donor. / Ce projet a été réalisé dans le cadre de La Stratégie de numérisation du patrimoine national du Canada grâce a un don généreux d’un donateur privé.

VIVO would  also like to acknowledge and thank Simon Fraser University Archives and Western Front for their generous sponsorship of Women & West Coast Labour.

Development of this project was supported by the BC Arts Council Early Career Development program. VIVO’s programs are supported by operating assistance from the BC Arts Council, Canada Council, and City of Vancouver.